FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN Modules Installation and Configuration Guide
FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN Modules Overview
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FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN Modules Overview

Table Of Contents

FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN Modules Overview

Contents

Features

Supported Line Cards and Port Adapters

Unsupported Features

FlexWAN Software and Hardware Requirements

Enhanced FlexWAN Software and Hardware Requirements

Front Panel Description


FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN Modules Overview


This chapter provides an overview of the FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN modules.


Note Cisco IOS Release 12.2SRA and later releases do not support the FlexWAN module or Supervisor Engine 2. These releases support the Enhanced FlexWAN module and the Sup720 and Sup32. In addition, note that Cisco IOS Release 12.2SRB introduced support for the Route Switch Processor 720 (RSP720).


Contents

This chapter contains these sections:

Features

FlexWAN Software and Hardware Requirements

Enhanced FlexWAN Software and Hardware Requirements

Front Panel Description

Features

The FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN modules are installed in a Catalyst 6500 series switch or Cisco 7600 series router that has a supervisor engine with a Multilayer Switch Feature Card (MSFC) and Policy Feature Card (PFC). The MSFC, in conjunction with the Enhanced FlexWAN module, provides multiprotocol routing support with full Internet route connectivity for speeds ranging from serial RS-232 to OC-3. The FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN modules can accept up to two Cisco 7200/7500 WAN port adapters, which deliver WAN consolidation and extend quality of service (QoS) and traffic management capabilities over WAN segments. The FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN modules support ATM and POS OC-3 links and channelized, clear-channel port adapters at speeds from DS0 to T3/E3.

The Enhanced FlexWAN module also provides connectivity to the crossbar fabric and enhancements in processor speed and onboard memory.

For information on configuring platform-specific features supported on the FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN modules, see Chapter 3, "FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN Software Features Configuration Information."


Note To use the FlexWAN module, you must have a supervisor engine with an MSFC and PFC (or greater). You configure the FlexWAN module through the MSFC. Ensure that the image you use has the letter 'v' which indicates that the image supports the FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN modules (for example, c6k222-jsv-mz). Cisco IOS Release 12.2SR and later releases do not support the FlexWAN module. These releases support the Enhanced FlexWAN module only. In addition, note that the Supervisor Engine 32 does not support the FlexWAN module, only the Enhanced FlexWAN module.



Note To use the Enhanced FlexWAN module, you must have a Supervisor Engine 2 with an MSFC2 and PFC2, a Supervisor Engine 720 or Supervisor Engine 32, or a Route Switch Processor 720 (introduced in Cisco IOS Release 12.2SRB). In Cisco IOS Release 12.2SRA and later, the Supervisor Engine 2 is no longer supported.



Note In a redundant MSFC configuration in route processor redundancy (RPR) mode, the FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN module interfaces appear only on the designated MSFC. To configure the FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN module interfaces on the redundant MSFC, you must force a switchover. The interfaces can be configured and the configuration can be saved. The saved configuration is used on the redundant MSFC if a switchover occurs. In a redundant MSFC configuration in RPR+ mode, the configurations on the active MSFC are synchronized to the standby MSFC.


Supported Line Cards and Port Adapters

Table 1-1 shows the port adapters supported on the FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN modules.


Note A FlexWAN or Enhanced FlexWAN module without port adapters inserted is not a supported configuration.


Table 1-1 Supported Port Adapter Groups 

Group
Port Adapter

ATM (with traffic shaping)

PA-A6-OC3MM
PA-A6-OC3SMI
PA-A6-OC3SML
PA-A6-T3
PA-A6-E3

PA-A3-OC3MM
PA-A3-OC3SMI
PA-A3-OC3SML
PA-A3-T3
PA-A3-E3
PA-A3-IMA-T1/E1

HSSI

PA-H
PA-2H

Packet over Sonet (OC-3)

PA-POS-OC3MM
PA-POS-OC3SMI
PA-POS-OC3SML
PA-POS-2OC3
PA-POS-1OC3

T1/E1

PA-4T+
PA-8T-V35
PA-8T-X21
PA-8T-232
PA-4E1G/75
PA-4E1G/120
PA-MC-2E1/120
PA-MC-2T1
PA-MC-4T1
PA-MC-8T1
PA-MC-8E1/120
PA-MC-8TE1+
PA-MC-STM-1

T3/E3 (clear-channel and channelized)

PA-T3
PA-2T3
PA-T3+
PA-2T3+
PA-E3
PA-2E3
PA-MC-T3
PA-MC-2T3+
PA-MC-E3

Fast Ethernet 1 2

PA-1FE-FX
PA-1FE-TX
PA-2FE-FX
PA-2FE-TX

1 Supported on the Enhanced FlexWAN module only.

2 The option to configure the interface as Layer 2 port is not supported on the Enhanced FlexWAN module.



Note The power requirement for the FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN modules is 2.38 A. For information on power requirements for supervisor engines and switching modules, refer to the Cisco 7600 Series Router Installation Guide and the Catalyst 6500 Series Switch Installation Guide.



Warning Only trained and qualified personnel should be allowed to install, replace, or service this equipment. Statement 1030


Unsupported Features

The following features are not supported on the FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN modules:

ATM LAN emulation (LANE)

Dial-on-Demand Routing (DDR)

Frame Relay SVCs

Frame Relay Traffic Shaping (FRTS)

FRF.9

ISDN, L2TP, L2F, PPTP

L2TPv2

L2TPv3

Legacy Priority Queueing and Custom Queueing

Local Area Transport (LAT)

Multichassis Multilink PPP

PPP over ATM

PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE)

Reliable PPP (RFC 1663)

STAC Compression

Systems Network Architecture (SNA) Serial Protocols (Synchronous Data Link Control [SDLC], Frame Relay access support [FRAS] boundary network mode/boundary access node [BNN/BAN])

X.25, Link Access Procedure Balanced (LAPB)

NBAR feature is not supported in Release 15.0(1)S and later Releases.

FlexWAN Software and Hardware Requirements

To use the FlexWAN module, a supervisor engine with an MSFC and a PFC is required. You configure the FlexWAN module through the MSFC.


Note Cisco IOS Release 12.2SRA and later releases do not support the FlexWAN module or Supervisor Engine 2.


The software requirements are as follows:

For systems with Cisco IOS on the Supervisor Engine 720:

Cisco IOS Release 12.2(14)SX or later

For systems with Cisco IOS on both the Supervisor Engine 2 and MSFC2:

Cisco IOS Release 12.1(8a)E or later on both the supervisor engine and MSFC2

For systems with Catalyst software on the supervisor engine and Cisco IOS software on the MSFC or MSFC2:

MSFC—Cisco IOS Release 12.1(1)EX or later

Supervisor engine software—Catalyst 6500 series supervisor engine software release 5.4(2) or later

For systems with Catalyst software on the Supervisor Engine 720 and Cisco IOS software on the MSFC3:

MSFC3—Cisco IOS Release 12.2(14)SX2 or later

Supervisor Engine 720 software—Catalyst 6500 series supervisor engine software release 8.1(1) or later

Enhanced FlexWAN Software and Hardware Requirements

To use the Enhanced FlexWAN module, a supervisor engine or route switch processor with an MSFC and a PFC is required. You configure the Enhanced FlexWAN module through the MSFC.


Note Cisco IOS Release 12.2SRA and later releases do not support the FlexWAN module or Supervisor Engine 2 (Sup2). These releases support the Enhanced FlexWAN module and the Sup720 and Sup32. In addition, note that Cisco IOS Release 12.2SRB introduced support for the Route Switch Processor 720 (RSP720).

Cisco IOS Release 12.2SR is built from Release 12.2(18)SXF, which means that hardware and software features in later 12.2(18)SXF releases (SXF1, SXF2, and SXF3) are not available in this release.


The software requirements are as follows:

For systems with Cisco IOS on the Route Switch Processor (RSP720):

Cisco IOS Release 12.2(33)SRB or later

For systems with Cisco IOS on both the Supervisor Engine 720 and MSFC3:

Cisco IOS Release 12.2(17b)SXA or a later release on both the supervisor engine and MSFC3

For systems with Cisco IOS on both the Supervisor Engine 2 and MSFC2:

Cisco IOS Release 12.2(17d)SXB or a later release on both the supervisor engine and MSFC2

For systems with Cisco IOS on both the Supervisor Engine 32 and MSFC2A:

Cisco IOS Release 12.2(18)SXF or a later release on both the supervisor engine and MSFC2A

For systems with Catalyst software on the Supervisor Engine 720 and Cisco IOS software on the MSFC3:

MSFC3—Cisco IOS Release 12.2(18)SXF or later

Supervisor Engine 720 software—Catalyst 6500 series supervisor engine software release 8.5(1) or later

For systems with Catalyst software on the Supervisor Engine 32 and Cisco IOS software on the MSFC2A:

MSFC2A—Cisco IOS Release 12.2(18)SXF or later

Supervisor Engine 32 software—Catalyst 6500 series supervisor engine software release 8.5(1) or later

For systems with Catalyst software on the Supervisor Engine 2 and Cisco IOS software on the MSFC2:

MSFC3—Cisco IOS Release 12.2(18)SXF or later

Supervisor Engine 2 software—Catalyst 6500 series supervisor engine software release 8.1(1) or later


Note The Enhanced FlexWAN module does not support Supervisor Engine 1.


Front Panel Description

The LED on the FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN modules front panel (see Figure 1-1) indicates the status of the FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN modules. Table 1-2 describes LED operation.

Figure 1-1 FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN Modules Front Panel

Table 1-2 FlexWAN and Enhanced FlexWAN Modules LED Description 

LED
Color/Description

STATUS

The STATUS LED shows the module status:

Normal initialization sequence

Orange—Module is booting or running diagnostics

Green—All diagnostics pass, module is operational

Fault during initialization sequence

Orange—Module is booting or running diagnostics

Red—Diagnostic test fails, module is not operational

Environmental monitoring

Orange—Over temperature condition (minor threshold exceeded)

Red—Over temperature condition (major threshold exceeded)



Note The FlexWAN or Enhanced FlexWAN module status LED displays red on initial power-up and then displays orange.



Note STATUS LED off indicates the module has been powered off with the no power enable command or is faulty.



Note For detailed information about port adapter LEDs, refer to the documentation that shipped with your port adapter.